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Hopley's Dwarf Abelia
One of the most attractive plants in our gardens, Hopley's Abelia is a very colorful evergreen flowering shrub that sports brightly colored yellow, dark green, and white tricolor foliage. It's definitely a show off in the landscape! What's more, fragrant soft pinkish-lavender flowers produced throughout summer and into fall are irresistible to butterflies and hummingbirds. More details below

Hopley's Dwarf Abelia

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Hopley's Dwarf Abelia
Abelia grandiflora 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Abelia is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

One of the most attractive plants in our gardens, Hopley's Abelia is a very colorful evergreen flowering shrub that sports brightly colored yellow, dark green, and white tricolor foliage. It's definitely a show off in the landscape! What's more, fragrant soft pinkish-lavender flowers produced throughout summer and into fall are irresistible to butterflies and hummingbirds. If left to grow natural, this tough and durable plant grows in a low mound reaching 3-4 feet in height with an equal to slightly larger spread. That said, shrubs can be kept smaller with occasional pruning. 

Hopley's Abelia is in the Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle) plant family, which explains why it produces fragrant tubular flowers.  



Landscape & Garden Uses

Hopley's Abelia has many uses in the landscape. It's smaller size fits nicely as an accent or specimen in smaller landscape spaces, and also does quite well in medium to large size pots, provided the drainage is good. In larger landscape spaces, we use it in small to large groupings or mass plantings on embankments, or as a low hedge. It's the perfect choice for underplanting a crape myrtle, taller growing upright Japanese maples, Chaste Tree (Vitex), or other small trees. Stunning when combined with other plants and trees that have purple, red or dark green foliage, such as Loropetalumspurple leaved Crape myrtles, and red-leaved Japanese maples.

Spacing Recommendations:  3' for solid hedges, 6'+ for space between plants





Cultural Preferences

Hopley's Abelia is very easy to grow in average, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. The best flowering and foliage color occur in full to mostly sun. The flowers are produced on the current seasons new growth so spring pruning won't effect bloom. In our gardens it has demonstrated very good resistance to drought, insects, disease and deer. responds very well to shearing so can be kept smaller with minimal pruning. We're not that into the formal look so give ours a trim only one time a year in late winter, before new leaves begin to emerge. Hopley's Abelia is evergreen in the southern zones where it grows and might be semi-deciduous in zones north of 7a-7b.



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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Flowering Evergreen Shrub (May be semi-deciduous in northern zones)
Height at Maturity:  3-5'
Width at Maturity:  3-5'
Spacing Recommendations:  3' for solid hedges, 6'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Mounding
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  White to Pink
Flower Size:  Small, 0.5"
Flowering Period:  Early Summer through Mid-Fall
Flower Type:  Single, bell-shape
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes
Foliage Color:  Yellow, White, and Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  5.0 - 8.0
Attracts:  Butterflies, Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Humidity, Insect



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